Evanston Made is a month-long celebration of the arts in Evanston designed to create opportunities for artists to engage with the community (and vice versa).
Art studios, galleries, museums and businesses throughout Evanston are showingÂ works by Evanston creatives June 3Â throughÂ 30.
I put on my bangles for the Opening Soiree.
I heard 300 artists were represented in the show.
My piece had a lovely prime spot.
The second floor holds four thoughtful exhibits, 2 by groups and two by solo artists.
In conjunction with the exhibit, Evanston Art Center is hosting a Pop Up Gallery and Store June 3-30.
The store is located in the lobby of the Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street, Evanston.
You can meet the various artists during their pop-up shifts.
It turns out one of the Brothers KÂ baristas is an artist as well, and he did a demo at the Art Center on Opening night.
His pillows are at the Pop-up, and you can see his art workÂ at Brothers K Coffeehouse.
I bumped into a few friends, one of whom snapped my photo.
After the opening I plotted my route with the fabulous Evanston Made map.
I started out on Florence Avenue which had changed quite a bit since my last visit there.
Angel felt right at home at Mill Creek Miniatures.
I wanted to get lost daydreaming about all the little vignettes.
You can get doll houses restored or custom made here.
The beauty of these studio tours is that you can see the tools of the trade, like Beth Adlerâ€™s.
So much mesmerizing print work.
Next door I could have gotten lost in Rita Shimelfarbâ€™s stained glass portraits as well.
I learned about a co-op called Space 900.
I drove to the Dempster/Chicago area next, where inspirational Karna Designs was open.
I swung by See Jane Sparkle.
My pieces are enjoying various arrangements.
Stumble & Relish hosts a variety of EvanstonMade products year-round
Frame Warehouse had one of the Swarm posters up, and Paul Nebenzahl was doodling inside. A few shops have artists on display through June 30.
After parking my car by Main Street, the rain started in earnest, but I wanted to see my friends anyway.
At The Collage Cafe three artists are on display.
I am looking forward to my next playtime, and enjoy seeing my pieces in such joyful and inspirational company.
Evanston Sticthworks has beautiful quilts up by Ann Wasserman.
She was there in person and we had a lovely conversation.
Vanessa Filleyâ€™s dolls would fit right in at Evanston Stitchworts.
I visited my friend at Oliverâ€™s Toys where Angel had fun chatting up a knight in shining armor and petting a fluffy hedgehog.
Cultivate has beautiful ceramics by Mollie Morris on display, and Laura Mae Noble’s terrariums are little vignettes you can get lost in.
I had a snack at La Principal before heading to the Swarm opening.
Got was in a swarmy mood throughout the day, and these pieces at Ausrineâ€™s Art Room, The Collage Cafe and See Jane Sparkle were fun to get me into opening mood.
Then it was time to see the swarm, and Iâ€™ll share pics of that lovely evening next week.